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12:41 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Springfield Bishop to hold prayer service the day same-sex marriage to become law

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.

Gov. Pat Quinn is planning a big public ceremony to sign the same-sex marriage bill next Wednesday in Chicago. An hour or so later, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will hold a sort of counter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

City and owners of Madison Theater looking for proposals to renovate building

The owners of the historic Madison Theater in downtown Peoria and city officials are looking for those interested in renovating the run-down building. The two are issuing requests for interest and qualifications to rehab the theater, and for potential new construction on the adjacent city-owned parking lot.

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State News
6:48 am
Thu November 14, 2013

McLean County Animal Control ending use of gas chamber

McLean County gas chamber at Animal Control Center
Credit McLean County Health Department

McLean County says it’s going to stop using carbon monoxide to euthanize animals. As Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, it’s the last animal control center in Illinois still using a gas chamber.

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State News
6:18 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Rutherford calls for Il to develop long-term plan for facilities

A Republican candidate for governor is once again calling for Illinois to change the way it manages major facilities, like prisons and developmental centers. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, that includes how the state CLOSES such facilities.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says past attempts to close prisons and other big state institutions have been haphazard. He says this has been going on for years, back at least to the administrations of former governors Ryan and Blagojevich. But it's still happening, as with this year's closure of the women's prison in Dwight.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Peoria airport adds new parking

The Peoria International Airport now has 350 new parking spaces. The Airport Authority demolished an old storage building to make room for the additional parking just west of the terminal building. Airport Director Gene Olson says the space will make parking easier for passengers as the holiday travel season ramps up. The new parking is in addition to 100 spaces the airport built last year.   

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Government
4:37 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Gov. Quinn mum on local pension overhaul issue

Governor Pat Quinn has emphatically called for an overhaul of the state's pension systems.  But he won't say where he stands on a local pension overhaul, one that a major campaign donor wants vetoed. 

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State News
4:32 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Same-sex marriage and the governor’s race

Although same-sex marriage will soon be law in Illinois, the issue could remain a factor in the 2014 elections.

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Crime
4:28 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Same arguments made in Blagojevich appeal

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appeal continues to go over the same arguments he made during his trial, re-trial and public appearances.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Catholic Diocese of Peoria to host Pope John Paul II relic

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria will be one of three in the U.S. that’s set to host a relic of Pope John Paul II. Bishop Daniel Jenky says a vial of the former pope’s blood will be at the St. Mary’s Cathedral Monday evening for public and private veneration. A mass will be held at 7:15.

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State News
10:11 am
Wed November 13, 2013

How Rockford is dealing with loss of state mental health hospital

The facility that houses the Rosecrance triage center.
Credit Rosecrance

It's been one year since the state closed a mental health hospital in Rockford. IPR'S Mike Moen reports on how local providers are filling in the gaps for residents in northwest Illinois:

When the governor's office announced plans to close the Singer center, it made clear that the state wanted to focus more on community-based mental health care. Some of the money saved from the closing went toward establishing a care network for the Singer coverage area.

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